July 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

July 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue…

Save the date for SCCCA Family Fun Day, welcome Jeff Parsons to the SCCCA Board, enjoy the beauty of local nesting birds, celebrate a truly great photo exhibit, catch up on local road improvements, remember our veterans as we celebrate our Independence, tip your hat to CAHT, soar with the Thunderbirds, swim with the dancers, get déjà vu all over again, cruise over the mountains of Kauai, meet local hero Bill Chini, lend a helping hand with the Lions Club, peruse the art of the Highwaymen, reminisce over A Land Remembered, explore some Cuban Pathways, and meets some folks with a deep Family Connection to SCC.

Then be sure to check out the SCCCA Club News, Kings Point News, Military News, Sports, Arts, Faith & Service, and Community News sections to help you plan your month.

Read the July 2022 Issue of The News

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover a new ER in SCC, meet the new SCCCA director, celebrate with Cygnet, commemorate Earth Day, take a low and slow balloon cruise, marvel at the world’s largest flamingo, catch up on Entertainment News, save the date for...

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC On May 11, Manatee Memorial Hospital debuted a new freestanding emergency room in our community: The ER at Sun City Center. The new ER, located in front of Walmart at 16504 S. U.S. 301, will expand access to emergency...

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club AwardsBy Paula Lickfeldt, Photo by Rich Link On May 3, the members of the Cygnet Yacht Club had dinner at Club Renaissance. They had a night of socializing and awarded the trophies that the members had won the month before....

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day CelebrationBy Diane M. Loeffler April 22 was Earth Day. Once again, the local Audubon Club celebrated the day at the West Campus Nature Trails with tours of our own little piece of “the real Florida.” Free fruit, snacks, water, a...

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River By Ilona Merritt If you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or fancy restaurants on your vacation, this one is not for you. However, if you ever wanted a truly relaxing holiday, houseboating on the St....

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Check out the Sew’n Sews baby shower benefit, meet the new SCC Activities Director, enjoy Faye McKeown’s art, go Trail Blazing, learn about CA Club facility use, take off in a B-29, clean up with the Boy Scouts, bounce back...

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue…

Discover a new ER in SCC, meet the new SCCCA director, celebrate with Cygnet, commemorate Earth Day, take a low and slow balloon cruise, marvel at the world’s largest flamingo, catch up on Entertainment News, save the date for the next Pelican Players performance, celebrate seven decades with the Babbits and triple digits with Gina Shanklin, explore a local author’s “Saga,” get away to Hawaii, learn about a local study involving brain health, and make sure you’re prepared for hurricane season.

Then be sure to check out the SCCCA Club News, Kings Point News, Military News, Sports, Arts, Faith & Service, and Community News sections to help you plan your month.

Read the June 2022 Issue of The News

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover a new ER in SCC, meet the new SCCCA director, celebrate with Cygnet, commemorate Earth Day, take a low and slow balloon cruise, marvel at the world’s largest flamingo, catch up on Entertainment News, save the date for...

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC On May 11, Manatee Memorial Hospital debuted a new freestanding emergency room in our community: The ER at Sun City Center. The new ER, located in front of Walmart at 16504 S. U.S. 301, will expand access to emergency...

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club AwardsBy Paula Lickfeldt, Photo by Rich Link On May 3, the members of the Cygnet Yacht Club had dinner at Club Renaissance. They had a night of socializing and awarded the trophies that the members had won the month before....

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day CelebrationBy Diane M. Loeffler April 22 was Earth Day. Once again, the local Audubon Club celebrated the day at the West Campus Nature Trails with tours of our own little piece of “the real Florida.” Free fruit, snacks, water, a...

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River By Ilona Merritt If you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or fancy restaurants on your vacation, this one is not for you. However, if you ever wanted a truly relaxing holiday, houseboating on the St....

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Check out the Sew’n Sews baby shower benefit, meet the new SCC Activities Director, enjoy Faye McKeown’s art, go Trail Blazing, learn about CA Club facility use, take off in a B-29, clean up with the Boy Scouts, bounce back...

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC

On May 11, Manatee Memorial Hospital debuted a new freestanding emergency room in our community: The ER at Sun City Center. The new ER, located in front of Walmart at 16504 S. U.S. 301, will expand access to emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony provided attendees and media the opportunity to hear from Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Leadership including Tom McDougal, Chief Executive Officer; Lynne Conlan, Executive Director, South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce; and Hugh Miller, Chairman of the Board of Governors.

“We are honored to be expanding in Hillsborough County with the first freestanding emergency room for Manatee Memorial Hospital,” CEO McDougal said, “By expanding our emergency services, we can better meet the needs of our growing communities and provide access to emergency care where it is needed. No matter what the emergency, the new ER at Sun City Center is equipped to handle everything from minor conditions to stabilizing treatment for major conditions such as heart attack and stroke.”

ER at SCC staff

This new freestanding ER will always be staffed by a physician and offers six exam rooms, three rapid medical exam spaces, and nine treatment areas, housed in a 10,884 square foot facility that also includes a full-service on-site laboratory, as well as x-ray, CT, and ultrasound imaging services. For more information, visit “manateememorial.com”.

AT THE TOP: (l to r) Tammy Sloas, Jim Boyd, Gerri DeStefano, Hugh Miller, Tom McDougal, Cathy Cooper, Joe Hwang, Gary Whittington.

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover a new ER in SCC, meet the new SCCCA director, celebrate with Cygnet, commemorate Earth Day, take a low and slow balloon cruise, marvel at the world’s largest flamingo, catch up on Entertainment News, save the date for...

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC On May 11, Manatee Memorial Hospital debuted a new freestanding emergency room in our community: The ER at Sun City Center. The new ER, located in front of Walmart at 16504 S. U.S. 301, will expand access to emergency...

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club AwardsBy Paula Lickfeldt, Photo by Rich Link On May 3, the members of the Cygnet Yacht Club had dinner at Club Renaissance. They had a night of socializing and awarded the trophies that the members had won the month before....

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day CelebrationBy Diane M. Loeffler April 22 was Earth Day. Once again, the local Audubon Club celebrated the day at the West Campus Nature Trails with tours of our own little piece of “the real Florida.” Free fruit, snacks, water, a...

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River By Ilona Merritt If you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or fancy restaurants on your vacation, this one is not for you. However, if you ever wanted a truly relaxing holiday, houseboating on the St....

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Check out the Sew’n Sews baby shower benefit, meet the new SCC Activities Director, enjoy Faye McKeown’s art, go Trail Blazing, learn about CA Club facility use, take off in a B-29, clean up with the Boy Scouts, bounce back...

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

By Paula Lickfeldt, Photo by Rich Link

On May 3, the members of the Cygnet Yacht Club had dinner at Club Renaissance. They had a night of socializing and awarded the trophies that the members had won the month before.

Rich Link, club president, uses electronic scorekeeping software to keep the race scores for the month. At the end of each month he tallies the scores to see who won the most races. Once a month, the club members and their wives or partners go out for dinner and the trophies are awarded. The winner of a trophy gets to keep it for three weeks, return it and then it is passed on to the next winner.

At the May dinner the awards went to (pictured left to right), Jim Hallaron 4th place, Glen Surkont 2nd place, Rich Link 1st place, and Bob Cabral 3rd place. Bob got the blue boat trophy for racing the most races in April.

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover a new ER in SCC, meet the new SCCCA director, celebrate with Cygnet, commemorate Earth Day, take a low and slow balloon cruise, marvel at the world’s largest flamingo, catch up on Entertainment News, save the date for...

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC On May 11, Manatee Memorial Hospital debuted a new freestanding emergency room in our community: The ER at Sun City Center. The new ER, located in front of Walmart at 16504 S. U.S. 301, will expand access to emergency...

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club AwardsBy Paula Lickfeldt, Photo by Rich Link On May 3, the members of the Cygnet Yacht Club had dinner at Club Renaissance. They had a night of socializing and awarded the trophies that the members had won the month before....

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day CelebrationBy Diane M. Loeffler April 22 was Earth Day. Once again, the local Audubon Club celebrated the day at the West Campus Nature Trails with tours of our own little piece of “the real Florida.” Free fruit, snacks, water, a...

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River By Ilona Merritt If you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or fancy restaurants on your vacation, this one is not for you. However, if you ever wanted a truly relaxing holiday, houseboating on the St....

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Check out the Sew’n Sews baby shower benefit, meet the new SCC Activities Director, enjoy Faye McKeown’s art, go Trail Blazing, learn about CA Club facility use, take off in a B-29, clean up with the Boy Scouts, bounce back...

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

By Ilona Merritt

If you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or fancy restaurants on your vacation, this one is not for you. However, if you ever wanted a truly relaxing holiday, houseboating on the St. Johns River would be the answer.

The St. Johns River is the longest in Florida and is significant for commercial and recreational use. At 310 miles long, it flows north and winds through or borders twelve counties. The drop in elevation from headwaters to mouth is less than 30 feet. Like most Florida waterways, St. Johns has a shallow flow rate of 0.3 mph and is often described as “lazy.”

My long-time dream of a houseboat trip came true this summer, with my husband and two dear friends. Hontoon State Park near Deland was our destination. Once you leave I-4, it is all two-lane country roads. We had to cross a drawbridge before turning onto Hontoon Road, where the Holly Bluff Marina was located, only to travel later on the river when we had to radio the Bridge Tender to open up the bridge for us to pass beneath.

Upon arrival at the marina, we were greeted by a very gracious and helpful staff. The entire area was well organized, and the houseboats were all lined up waiting for us. They are well cared for, and supplied with everything we needed for the trip. We only brought our food and packed casual clothes. An amicable staff member came aboard and gave us instructions on how to handle the boat, and off we were on our adventure. It is important to know that whenever the boat is moving, it must be piloted. Therefore we appointed a captain and a first mate.

A cruise on St. Johns is a return to original natural Florida. The scenery along the river varies with elevation. Pines occur in the higher areas while palms, swamps, and marshes variously border the river and its tributaries. Much of the land bordering the river is part of the Ocala National Forest and will never be developed. Many parts of the Tarzan movies were filmed here, and while relaxing on the deck, it was easy to imagine Tarzan traversing through the trees and swamps. Wildlife is abundant. In the winter, the manatee travel to this area for the warm water springs, constant 72 degrees. We saw great blue and little blue herons, ospreys, and eagles soar in the sky above. Lest we forget, fishing is prevalent.  There is no swimming in the river. The water is brackish and brown with tannin. Alligators are common, as are other water inhabitants, such as bull sharks and snakes.

The route to travel is laid out very precisely and was sent with the contract. There was plenty of time to study the course. With Lake Monroe on one end and Lake George on the other end, there were many things to see and wildlife to watch. It is essential to stay in the channel due to the shallow water. There are branches of the river which are hazardous and are not to be entered. The lakes are shallow and can be dangerous. The river features scattered pockets of civilization with small communities. There is an abundance of alligators in the St. Johns River. Once considered endangered, they are now a preservationist success story.

The river experience will not be forgotten. We enjoyed our meals on the boat and spent the evening playing board games and cards. We charted our own course, enjoyed the beauty of this area of Florida, the camaraderie with our friends, and the casual and laid-back life on the St. Johns River.

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

June 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Discover a new ER in SCC, meet the new SCCCA director, celebrate with Cygnet, commemorate Earth Day, take a low and slow balloon cruise, marvel at the world’s largest flamingo, catch up on Entertainment News, save the date for...

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC

New Freestanding ER in SCC On May 11, Manatee Memorial Hospital debuted a new freestanding emergency room in our community: The ER at Sun City Center. The new ER, located in front of Walmart at 16504 S. U.S. 301, will expand access to emergency...

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club Awards

Cygnet Yacht Club AwardsBy Paula Lickfeldt, Photo by Rich Link On May 3, the members of the Cygnet Yacht Club had dinner at Club Renaissance. They had a night of socializing and awarded the trophies that the members had won the month before....

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day Celebration

Our Earth Day CelebrationBy Diane M. Loeffler April 22 was Earth Day. Once again, the local Audubon Club celebrated the day at the West Campus Nature Trails with tours of our own little piece of “the real Florida.” Free fruit, snacks, water, a...

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River

Houseboating on the St. Johns River By Ilona Merritt If you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or fancy restaurants on your vacation, this one is not for you. However, if you ever wanted a truly relaxing holiday, houseboating on the St....

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

May 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Check out the Sew’n Sews baby shower benefit, meet the new SCC Activities Director, enjoy Faye McKeown’s art, go Trail Blazing, learn about CA Club facility use, take off in a B-29, clean up with the Boy Scouts, bounce back...